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Distinguished Speakers

Marymount’s proximity to our nation’s capital enables the University to bring notable leaders to speak at University-wide lectures, give in-class presentations, talk with students at informal gatherings, or address Commencement ceremonies.

The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, General Colin Powell (USA, Ret.), and White House journalist Helen Thomas are among those who have addressed Marymount students.

Distinguished Visiting Professor Colloquium

Through this lecture series, students hear leaders from business, government, media, health care, education, and more. See a complete list of speakers.

Marymount Ethics Award

This award honors leaders who, by commitment, effort, and example, have advanced a strong values-based culture in their field of endeavor. See a list of Ethics Award Honorees.

Marya McLaughlin Lecture Series in Media Communications

Top figures from the journalism community come to campus to share their insights in this lecture series. See a complete list of speakers.

Bisson Lecture in the Humanities

The graduate program in Literature, Language, and the Humanities annually invites a distinguished scholar to campus to deliver a lecture on a topic of humanistic inquiry. See a complete list of speakers.

Visiting Author Series

The Visiting Author Series was established in 2011 in partnership with the Arlington County Public Library’s Arlington Reads initiative. The series is part of the university’s composition program for freshmen, and the featured author and his/her works are incorporated into the program curriculum.


Junot Diaz (2013)
author of Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Jennifer Egan (2012)
author of Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Tim O’Brien (2011)
National Book Award Winner for his collection of stories, The Things They Carried